Chamber names Boston Harbor Cruises as Small Business of the Year

(BOSTON) — The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce recently announced Boston Harbor Cruises (BHC) as the 2015 Small Business of the Year Awards top honoree.

The Small Business of the Year Awards recognizes the achievements of Greater Boston’s smaller for-profit companies, with annual gross revenues of more than $1 million, who display strong financial performance, achievement in management, workplace excellence, product innovation and community and social responsibility.

“We are honored that Boston Harbor Cruises has been named the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce 2015 Small Business of the Year Awards top honoree,” said Alison Nolan, principal and general manager. “Our success is predicated on teamwork. There are a lot of moving parts in order to keep BHC moving forward and we work diligently to provide exceptional service. At the end of the day our goal is for customers to have the best possible experience on the water."

BHC’s fleet of 48 vessels carries out an intricate seasonal daily excursion schedule, including Boston Harbor sightseeing cruises; the New England Aquarium whale watch; Provincetown fast ferry; ferries to the Boston Harbor Islands, Salem and Lynn; water taxis; and “Codzilla,” in addition to year-round MBTA commuter services, private charters and offshore commercial services.

BHC is always looking toward the future for new ways to enhance services and customer experience. BHC was the first in Boston to introduce high-speed catamarans to their fleet. Just this past winter BHC’s Salacia, a high-speed catamaran, known as the Provincetown fast ferry, underwent a $2.6 million engine refit. This summer, the Salacia made its maiden voyage after undergoing the refit, allowing BHC to provide passengers with a faster, more enjoyable ride out to the tip of Cape Cod.

“This award isn’t just for Boston Harbor Cruises, it represents the importance of business on Boston’s waterfront. We have the unique ability to share the waterfront and marine life with every passenger that comes aboard. We are very proud to be part of the waterfront community,” said Nolan.

BHC places an emphasis on customer service, dependability and state-of-the-art operations, and is a recognized leader in the passenger vessel and tourism industries, as well as a crucial advocate of the development of Boston’s waterfront.

Boston Harbor Cruises will celebrate their achievement during a Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce event on Oct. 6, “Nailed It: A Conversation with Successful Business Leaders.”

“Small business is the engine of our economy and a major driver of growth for this region,” said James E. Rooney, president and CEO of the chamber. “We are thrilled to recognize this year’s outstanding honorees for their achievements in business, innovative approaches, and contributions to our economy and community. We look forward to learning more about the success and best practices of each of these growing companies at ‘Nailed It’ on Oct. 6.”

By Professional Mariner Staff